Merewether Ocean Baths Pavilion

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CN has committed to funding the renewal of Merewether Ocean Baths pavilion. The upgrade of the pools and promenade was completed in 2014 and now the pavilion building needs an update to continue providing use and benefit to the community. Key issues to be addressed on the site include accessibility and amenity upgrades.

Community engagement about Merewether and Newcastle Ocean Baths was undertaken over a three-month period from November 2019 to March 2020. The Newcastle and Merewether Ocean Baths Engagement Report (PDF) presents the findings from the engagement activities and summarises community sentiment, expectations and ideas relating to the two sites.

Key findings of relevance to the pavilion upgrade at Merewether Baths include:

  • Broad community support for an upgrade and ongoing maintenance of the Merewether pavilion
  • General view is to keep renovations simple (eg. freshly painted and other repairs/improvements)
  • There was limited support for a restaurant/bar, gym or café/kiosk
  • Support to upgrade and modernise general facilities including change rooms and showers
  • Improve shade/shelter, seating and lockers

The feedback from the community will be used to inform the project scope.

A Community Reference Group (CRG) for the Merewether Ocean Baths pavilion will be formed and will meet throughout the concept design phase to help shape and determine the final design. Concept designs developed with the CRG will be placed on public exhibition and finalised with input from the CRG and broader community. The final design will go to the elected Council for approval prior to the project proceeding into detailed design.

This process was initially scheduled to commence in 2020 however COVID-19 has impacted many projects and required resources to be allocated to managing the pandemic.

A map of the Merewether Ocean Baths (pdf 478kB) shows the key features of the site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Merewether pavilion be demolished to make way for redevelopment?
While there are no current plans for demolition or otherwise, the Merewether Baths Pavilion is not heritage listed.

Refer to map for Merewether Ocean Baths (pdf 478kB) to view the site.

Project update

CN has committed to funding the renewal of Merewether Ocean Baths Pavilion.  A Community Reference Group will be formed to participate in the design process.